SAS Copenhagen Lounge and CPH-ARN Christmas edition
Having checked out of the Hilton connection directly attached to the airport it was a short walk to check-in. Today I was returning home to Sweden. So Copenhagen to Stockholm is a major route as you could imagine between the two main Scandic capitals. Want to guess how many flights there are on Scandinavians Airlines on December 24th? I had wanted a flight that left around midday. Well lucky for me, the *only* flight of the day was around then. While many people celebrate with family today it’s clear that very very few are travelling.
Now to my pet peeve with SAS. In CPH and ARN they have a fast track facilities. At Arlanda it is just an adjacent channel but in CPH it is completely separate and exits near the lounge rather the middle of the terminal. Frustratingly they don’t provide the service to Star Alliance Gold members, only their own elites and quasi-business class passengers (whom get a substandard lounge compared to Star Gold). So unfortunately this meant yet again a long walk around. Security today was very quick with nobody travelling, however one who was travelling appeared inexperienced and slowed it down. The guy about our age in front of us pulled out a can of beer from his carryon to the dismay of the security staff… then proceeded to empty most of the bag of other cans and bottles of beer!!
SAS Gold Lounge Copenhagen
Similar to their other hubs of Arlanda and Oslo, SAS operate a lounge in a lounge concept. Although there is a shared entrance, EuroBonus and Star Alliance Gold members take the right entry gate leading upstairs to a larger lounge with better amenities. Copenhagen is the largest of the SAS lounge complexes. Being a very quiet day the lounge was quite empty with limited food out.
The flight itself
Well like so often there’s little to say. SAS service is always quite efficient but little more. Disappointingly nothing special was done or provided for Christmas.
Flight was SK1420 CPH-ARN, on a Boeing 737-800 LN-RGH in economy, seat 15A (exit row!). Flight length: 1:10 hr, 339 miles.
It had been nearly a month but I was finally back home in Sweden!